6. Bentley Park
6. Bentley Park
As a person with a disability who has travelled widely, there is no greater frustration then when I find a lack of wheelchair access to cities I visit. For example, you can’t get from the airport to the train terminal or you find that there is no elevator from an overpass to street level.
This is not a detailed ‘access guide’ but more of a wheelchair access introduction to a few cities:
Cairns Wheelchair Access is fairly good for the disabled tourist. It does not have the cobblestone and heritage buildings that are the hallmark of so many European destinations. as a result the vast majority of the built environment in this pacific rim city has been constructed over the last one hundred years.
Cairns is a tropical city. People who have disabilities that affect their capacity to control their temperature would be best advised not to visit during the November to March period. Rising temperatures during this period combined with increases due to climate change make it hard to leave an air conditioned hotel.
These links will help you in planning your trip to Cairns.
Cairns Regional Council’s Access for All Directory has a comprehensive list of Cairns wheelchair access to accommodation, services and facilities. They hope it will make planning your trip to our region less stressful and more enjoyable.
For more information on Cairns Wheelchair Access and to plan your holiday to Tropical North Queensland, visit the official tourism website for Cairns and Great Barrier Reef. You can email the Cairns
and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone them on (07) 4051 3588.
There are a great range of restaurants, shopping and level walkways to explore. Tours to the Great Barrier Reef and islands also depart from Cairns.
Cairns is level but if you are using a wheelchair as your main mode of transport I would suggest trying to book accommodation no further than 3 blocks back from the Esplanade. This will mean you are within a comfortable walk/wheel to some of the local attractions.
Cairns has been chosen to host the 2012 Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Queensland Branch Annual Conference, expected to attract in excess of 100 delegates.
The conference is estimated to bring around 400 bed nights to local accommodation houses and have a flow-on throughout the region.
“This is yet another major event that we have been able to attract to the Cairns region,” Mayor Val Schier said.
“The boost the region gets from these types of event flows through many industries and provides valuable, statewide exposure.”
CRC representatives took a little piece of home to the recent 2011 ALGWA conference on the Gold Coast, displaying 3D wall art aimed at enticing delegates to think about next year’s venue.
The artwork features our iconic lagoon setting in a surreal theme that allows viewers to put themselves in the scene
“It’s all part of attracting delegates to next year’s conference and tempting them to stay for a holiday while they are here.”
The 3D artwork was created by local business Zest Events and will be displayed during Carnival on Collins and at the Baby Welcoming Ceremony next month.